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Physics A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

The course explores physics in eight core areas with the ability to choose an optional unit to study in the second year of the A Level.

AS and first year of A Level

  1. Measurements and their Errors
  2. Particles and Radiation
  3. Waves
  4. Mechanics and Materials
  5. Electricity

Second year of A Level

  1. Further Mechanics and Thermal Physics
  2. Fields and the Consequences
  3. Nuclear Physics

Optional content

Course tutors will take into consideration the specialisms within the academy and the interests of the group and decide to study one of the optional units which include 9. Astrophysics, 10. Medical physics, 11. Engineering physics, 12. Turning points in physics or 13. Electronics


For AS Level the course is assessed by two written exams; these are 1 hour 30 minutes long, each is worth 70 marks and both contribute equally to the final AS grade. The papers consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.

  • Paper 1 and 2 will require students to answer questions that are split by topic and Paper 2 will test students on their practical skills and data analysis and their ability to link concepts together from all areas of AS content.

For A Level the course is assessed by three written exams that are all 2 hours long and will include multiple choice questions and short and long answer questions.

  • Paper 1 (85 marks) contributes 34% of the final A Level grade and tests the students on the five topics taught during the first year and Periodic Motion (6.1).
  • Paper 2 (85 marks) contributes 34% of the final A Level grade and tests Thermal Physics (6.2 onwards), Field and Consequences and Nuclear Physics.
  • Paper 3 (80 marks) contributes 32% of the final A Level grade and tests students on practical experiments that they have completed throughout the A Level and their ability to analyse data. Paper 3 will also contain questions on the optional topic. Is this course for you and

Future opportunities

AS and A Level Physics is one of the most challenging academic qualifications out there but also one of the most rewarding. It is classed as a facilitating subject by Russell Group universities and is included in the English Baccalaureate award.

Career opportunities are many and varied including: engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, structural etc.), medicine (doctor, dentist, pharmacist, optometrist etc.), all branches of professional science from forensic science to Space Science, Architect, Pilot and many more

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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